When you think of Hawaii, what comes to mind?
Words frequently associated with Hawaii are: beaches, sunshine, photography, outdoor adventure and tropical beauty. While all these things are very authentic to Hawaii, so is delicious, local cuisine – which Hawaii is not so often known for.
Traditionally in the Polynesian culture, societies lived off the land. Today, we are seeing more and more restaurants and customers around the world opting to do the same. The islands of Hawaii are an epicentre for fresh, colourful ingredients sourced both from the sea and the land.
Today in fine dining around the islands of Hawaii, we can enjoy a melting pot of cultures and cuisines from around the world that make for some of the tastiest, freshest and most beautifully prepared dishes known to man.
If you are looking to have a night filled with fine dining and local fare, look no further than these top restaurants in Hawaii
In the heart of Honolulu is Chef Mavro, who has held the AAA Five Diamond Status from 2008-2018 consistently, as well as, an 18/20 rating from Gayot Three Toques “Top 40 restaurants in the US”.
Chef Mavro pairs local authentic Hawaiian cuisine with his South of France expertise and flavour. The result; completely unforgettable dishes.
Alan Wong’s was one of the originals when it comes to sourcing local, fresh ingredients. Starting in 1995 on the 3rd floor of an office building, Alan Wong creates unique, mouthwatering dishes. Afterall, it says a lot when a restaurant can flourish in success without a view or parking in Hawaii.
All dishes reflect Hawaii Regional Cuisine and are continually changing based on the seasons and whatever fun is going on in the test kitchen, located right on site. If you are visiting Honolulu, you will likely hear about Alan Wong’s.
Ko brings together Asian and European cuisine in a seamless way and proudly serves over 90% of fish, beef and produce sourced locally. Chef Tylun Pang gathered inspiration from Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino and Portuguese dishes when creating the menu for Ko.
Ko (meaning sugarcane in Hawaiian) brings together the diverse cuisines from cultures around the world during the sugarcane era in Hawaii. Chef Tylun Pang has done a phenomenal job with this fairly young restaurant in Kihei, Maui.
Roy’s has six locations in Hawaii including Waikiki, Kaanapali, Hawaii kai, Waikoloa, Ko Olina and Turtle Bay. Chef and founder Roy Yamaguchi has a successful 31 restaurants worldwide.
Roy’s puts an authentic Hawaiian twist on traditional dishes from around the world, including sushi and classics from the land and sea. A trip to Roy’s is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds. Be sure to make reservations, as all locations can be quite busy for dinner service.
Mama’s Fish House
If you are travelling to Hawaii, you are likely going to try some fresh seafood, and there is no better place to do it than at Mama’s Fish House in Paia, Maui.
Offering a large variety of traditionally cooked seafood, including the famed Mama’s Stuffed Fish crusted in macadamia nuts – a definite must try! The location of this restaurant is also breathtaking, located right off the shore in North Shore Maui – don’t forget your camera and your reservation!
Kona Brewing Co. and Brewery
We added this last one to the list for those looking for something a bit more casual.
Kona Brewing now has two locations, one in Kailua Kona and one in Honolulu. Both locations are genuinely Hawaiian and offer over a dozen local brews and an impressively extensive menu.
If you simply want to sit back, relax, and enjoy some beautiful scenery (and maybe try a few local beers), this is your spot. If you’re up for a bit of adventure, try one of the tasting flights and sample four different local alohas (Kona’s Brewings signature brews) along with some tasty pupus (appetizers).
Start exploring the decadent taste of Hawaii today!
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